May 21, 2008, 12:03 am
Filed under: family food blog, funyuns, garden, gourmet, sauter
george’s funyun sprouts

I’ve been on my back for over a week recovering from umbilical hernia surgery (no really, its more fun than it sounds!) and you would think I’d be catching up on posting the 20 or so backlogged recipes sitting in pieces on my hard drive. But, for some reason, Super Mario Galaxy and Darvocet go much better together. The family food blog will have to wait.

I finally checked my email today and was psyched to see my old pal George “Gourmet” Kurtzer has been inspired by my gardening exploits and decided to plant one of his own. When we were stationed at RAF Lakenheath in England, I always used to make fun of the fact that he loved funyuns but hated onions. I had so much to learn….

thanks for the laugh, Geo!


Spring Garden Update
April 15, 2008, 1:56 am
Filed under: garden, organic

Sadie was out in full force to help me out with the garden this past weekend. She gladly helped me pull some weeds and quench the thirst of some parched veggies.

The garden is doing well and some of the slow-growing first arrivals are already blooming past their prime like this broccoli raab…

and this lonely sparkler radish…

The second round of microgreens are almost ready for the salad bowl…

Sadie’s favorite part was yanking these perfect radishes out of the dirt.

Time to rest!

She loved picking the sugar snap peas too – we chomped on a few right off the vine.

Get ready for some lemongrass-grilled shrimp with gingered baby bok choy next weekend! Yum!


(baby bok choy)

garden check
March 12, 2008, 2:24 am
Filed under: garden, organic, square foot gardening

The garden has been planted for a few weeks and already, some of the lettuce and greens have made their way into a salad. I forgot how fast the radishes grow as well – we should start eating them in a few weeks. The sugar snap peas and the tomatoes will start to produce soon too. The scarecrow did a great job keeping the birds away but I still had a problem with some seeds disappearing. I think it might be ants so I sprayed a mixture of pureed jalapeno and water to ward off the bugs and keep the garden organic.

I had to replant about 4 squares and fill in some of the beets and carrots that were on the thin side. No big deal. I’ll take some pictures this week. I’m placing an order with John Scheepers Kitchen Garden Seeds this week to back fill the radishes and some of the greens that will be harvested in the next month. They have an amazing selection – everything from edible flowers to hard to find varietals. Here is the latest garden layout.

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Here is a great shot of Lillie with last years spring garden after about 8 weeks.

Spring Garden 2008
February 6, 2008, 1:11 am
Filed under: family, garden, kids food blog

The weather was beautiful on Sunday so Lillie and I planted our organic garden complete with a spooky scarecrow.

Our fall garden last year was pretty sparse due to some ravenous birdies. We took some old clothes and filled them with leaves.

Lilliepie was loving the dirt and all the digging.

I poked out some holes and gave her some big toe carrot seeds to plant – I’m pretty sure she put all 50 seeds in one hole and covered them over.

We planted sugar snap peas, beefsteak tomatoes, purple haze carrots, baby bok choy, broccoli raab, golden beets and a bazillion other veggies in our family garden using the square foot gardening technique. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out! The crops I’m the most excited about are the pickle gherkins. I’d like the kids food blog to be filled with pickle recipes for a month! I have so many pickle ideas, its not even funny. The mango pickles are out for this season – a frost knocked our 15 foot mango tree down to a 6 foot tree and killed all the blooms. Boo hoo.

I’ll post the garden progress as we go. Stay away Jack Frost!